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Ironton voters OK recreation levy

Nov. 05, 2013 @ 11:53 PM

IRONTON — A half-mill, five-year city recreation levy was approved by Ironton voters Tuesday night by a total of 997 to 588,  according to unofficial totals from the Lawrence County Board of Elections with all 84 precincts reporting.

The levy will raise about $85,000 for the city to take care of the city’s neighborhood parks, said Mayor Rich Blankenship.

“It’s very important to the city of Ironton for the upkeep of our city parks,” Blankenship said. “We want to improve our parks. Equipment is very expensive.”

The money pays for a full-time employee and a seasonal employee, he said.

Meanwhile, voters in Burlington 1 rejected a local option election to allow the sale of alcoholic beverages at Sam’s Club by a total of 113 to 55 and at Wal-Mart by a total of 113 to 55. Voters in the Sheridan area also rejected a proposal to allow alcoholic beverage sales at the BP station in the Sheridan area by a total of 68 to 49.

In South Point, voters approved a three-mill, current expenses levy for five years by a total of 785 to 249.

Voters in Coal Grove, meanwhile, rejected an additional one-mill levy for current expenses by a total of 419 to 275.

Meanwhile, Elizabeth Township and Perry Township voters approved one-mill fire levy renewals for five years. Voters in Elizabeth Township approved the fire levy by a total of 354 to 278. Voters in Perry Township approved the fire levy by a total of 490 to 299.

More than 10,000 voters turned out Tuesday out of some 47,745 registered voters. The turnout was 22.8 percent. School board, city and village township and township trustee and fiscal officer racers also were on the ballot.



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